Acupuncture for Infertility
Acupuncture is a practice that originated in the East, and has been used for over 3000 years. The Chinese have practised acupuncture as a normal everyday remedy for all types of illness. There are many advocates that claim that acupuncture is a valid method to treating infertility.
However in the West there is no hard evidence showing that acupuncture actually is a successful factor when treating infertility because in most situations a person will try several things at the same time. Success stories that indicate a patient has become fertile after acupuncture are usually combined with other treatments such as herbs, counselling, and maybe also drug prescriptions. Therefore one must question which critical treatment actually reversed the infertility.
Ancient myths point to a gradient flow of energy being restored in a person’s body as the answer to a question of why would acupuncture work.
Acupuncture typically regulates the blood pressure by stimulating the central nervous system. It releases endorphins which inhibit pain and gives the body the feeling of wellness. It also releases neurotransmitters and neurohormones, which help the body to heal itself.
However, many in the western culture attribute stress relief to be a more appropriate answer to infertility. Removing stress from your life as much as possible will not only assist in combating infertility but it will also lead to am healthier life. Removing stress may include taking time to rest daily, joining a support group, reading more, or adding leisure activities to your daily routine.
Acupuncture is an invasive procedure so there is some risk. One danger is the chance that a nerve is struck during the procedure and causing nerve damage. Any deep needling can be dangerous and cause temporary or permanent damage.
Needles that are not sanitized properly can cause diseases to be transmitted. Obviously never try acupuncture by yourself and research the matter fully before deciding to try it.
There are many natural options for infertility besides acupuncture. There are various herbs available that have a much greater documented success rate than acupuncture. Check out the article on Infertility and Herbs on this website for more information.
Acupuncture can be used in combination with infertility treatments in order to treat issues like hormonal imbalances. Since it helps regulate the body’s system, blood flow is increased to the vital organs and hormone levels are effectively regulated. It also improves ovarian and follicular function. It can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.
Plus, acupuncture for infertility may improve the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF). With acupuncture, the embryo transfer process in IVF is shown to significantly improve resulting more often in a pregnancy.
Acupuncture can also be used to treat fertility problems like spasmed tubes. Although blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture, spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture.
Like physical therapy, acupuncture is a process that helps the body to heal itself over time. It is better to do more than less. Women can be treated for three to four months before an insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. Women are also encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre- and post- embryo transfer. Continuing with acupuncture for this amount of time before a fertility treatment will also have a therapeutic effect.
Going through any fertility treatments can be extremely stressful for the couple and for the woman in particular. Acupuncture is a great way to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. With so many ways that acupuncture has a positive effect on infertility treatments, it makes sense for a couple struggling with infertility to try every option that is out there.
There are really very few risks when using acupuncture with infertility treatments. The biggest risk is that a miscarriage may develop if incorrect acupuncture points are used when a woman is pregnant. That is why using an acupuncturist who specializes in treating fertility disorders is extremely important for those who wish to include acupuncture in their treatment regimen.
Research suggests that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicines, and traditional medical interventions, and healthy lifestyle.